Electronics don’t last forever. When they reach the end of their lifecycle, they become e-waste, and it’s a growing problem. In fact, only about 12.5% of electronic waste is recycled every year.
Did you know, the average American throws away 44 pounds of electronic waste a year? That’s equivalent to 6-8 laptops, about 44 tablets, and over 100 iPhones! It also doesn’t look like the situation is going to improve. The United Nations estimates that global e-waste volumes could increase by as much as 39% to 74.7 million tons a year by 2030.
The two big problems eWaste presents are dumping high levels of rare earths and toxic chemicals into the ground and exposing protected personal information to theft!
Recycling e-waste keeps harmful substances out of the environment. Dumping electronics in landfills results in leaching of flame retardants and heavy metals — mercury, lithium, lead, and barium— into the soil and groundwater. These contaminants have been demonstrated to enter ponds, streams, rivers, and lakes.
And the cost of exposure if there is data on that laptop in the garbage bin? The computer may have lost its value, but the data (in the form of personal information, passwords, credit cards, email addresses, and customer lists) has grown over the years. A junked computer with hard drive intact could be worth $ tens of thousands to the right data thief.
At Protec, we make recycling worthwhile by protecting your data, managing your risk, and saving the environment all at once! To learn more, call us at 205-549-2120.
It doesn’t have to be this way. Recycling is a great option when your business’s old electronics need to be replaced. Recycling may sound complicated, but at Protec Recycling, we make it easy and secure.
If you’re in our service area in Alabama, we’ll even come to you! As a NAID certified electronics recycler, Protec assures your compliance with privacy laws such as HIPAA, GLBA, and FACTA, all while keeping your old electronics out of landfills.
When you’re ready to start recycling your e-waste, it’s time to call Protect at 205-549-2120, or visit our Contact Us page.
From one-time recycling to regularly scheduled service (for businesses in our Alabama service area), Protec Recycling helps you regularly (and properly) recycle your old electronics. To schedule a pickup, call our office at 205-549-2120 or visit our Contact Us page today.